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Viewers will need to savor these last few drops of Blood. In just a few weeks, production will wrap for good on HBO’s True Blood
after seven seasons (the final batch of episodes begin Sunday at 9
p.m.). In the most basic terms, the show — based on the Sookie
Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and created for TV by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under)
— follows half-faerie waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her
relationship with gentlemanly vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer). But there
have been detours into witches, werewolves, orgies, and one really nasty
Image Credit: ROBERT TRACHTENBERG for EW
Blood has been a huge hit for HBO, averaging 11.4 million
viewers a summer, but for Paquin and Moyer it’s been life-changing. The
pair met filming the series, married in 2010, and had twins, Charlie
and Poppy, in 2012. Says Paquin, “Because it has lasted seven years and
because of the relationships, not just between us but the way they all
evolved as a family, it’s been extraordinary to have that experience
that is completely life-changing in all of the best possible ways — and
with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. We will
always have this.”
For this week’s cover, EW sat down with Paquin and Moyer at
Bellefleur’s, in the very booth where Bill first saw Sookie, for a
revealing (take a glance at that cover!) look back at their bloody good
time in Bon Temps. Here’s a brief tease:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Speaking of nudity, in the first
episode of the new season, Stephen you directed a love scene between
your wife and Alcide, played by Joe Manganiello.
STEPHEN MOYER: There are moments where I’ll be watching on a
monitor [and say], “Oh, Joe, just move your hand up towards Anna’s
breast. Good. And can you move your right thumb just a little bit
towards her nipple? Great.” And then I’ll go, “Babe, babe, enjoy it.”
I’m certainly talking to her as “babe.” “Darling, go for it. Yeah, feel
MOYER: In a funny way, I feel like — without
revealing too much — it’s quite interesting for us as a couple because
we’ve kind of gone to places where a lot of people don’t get to.
PAQUIN: Or have to.
MOYER: And we’re still here. And I think that’s good for us in a way.
Prove that you’re #TrueToTheEnd in our Twitter Q&A with
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer this Sunday, June 22, from 8-9 p.m. ET.
Submit your questions now with #AskAnnaAndStephen and follow along
Sunday as you quench your thirst for more True Blood knowledge.
Jun 19 14 2:11 AM
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Jun 28 14 11:29 PM
Flare.com asked 12 True Blood cast members to share stories from the set.
Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam)
What was your favourite scene to shoot in the series?
“Shooting the scene where Eric released me wasn’t my favourite, but it
was one of the more memorable. It resonated with me personally and I’m
not sure completely why—but I cried in the table read, the rehearsal,
every take, even when the camera was on my back… I really felt that one.
One scene I am glad I wasn’t in: that season two maenad stuff—outside
all night in the cold with full black eye lenses in? I’m okay I missed
What is the funniest thing you’ve seen on set?
“Alex [Skarsgard] and I have had many, many laughs. We spent two
16-hour days hanging on wires in harnesses for our fight scene in the
Authority, hanging from the ceiling like puppets, just talking about our
weekends and The Colbert Report between takes, being moved around by three groaning men each who held us up.”
Read more on Flare.com
Jun 29 14 8:09 AM
Special to The Globe and Mail
It was the aesthetic that hooked me on the first season of True Blood,
its terrible beauty. Rural Louisiana, kudzu clotting the trees,
Santeria candles, strings of patio lights. Shotgun shacks, river houses
with wraparound balconies. Tropical heat that stuns people by day and
lures them out all night, makes them throw open their windows and
unbutton their shirts. Dancing late, sweat glistening on skin that’s
tight from sunburn, drinks that go down easy. Everything feels fecund,
saturated, as if it’s ripening and rotting at the same time.
The opening credits alone are heady. Set to a twanging theme song
about doing bad things, pictures flicker by like glimpsed secrets. There
are pool halls and storefront churches, religious hysteria and dirty
sex, flesh-eating plants and decomposing animal corpses, all drenched in
In that setting, the supernatural seems natural.
Those louche beauties lounging around – they’re vampires? Sure, why not?
Their aesthetics are terrific as well: their preternatural stillness,
their glittering eyes, their sudden explosions of decadence, hinted at
but mostly unimaginable. The way they can “glamour” humans – hypnotize
them with their very glamourousness. The speed with which they move.
Their sexual voraciousness, which either kills mortals, thrills them, or
both. The notion that their blood is a drug, and that it’s both lethal
And grounding the fantastical – show creator Alan Ball previously worked on Six Feet Under,
another great television series about sex and death – is an underlying
metaphor, about the religious right’s campaign to curtail sexual
freedom. Just so you can’t miss it, a billboard in those opening credits
reads, “God Hates Fangs.”
I don’t have to tell you why the
vampire myth persists, why creatures of the night – of the shadows where
all illicit things happen – who are simultaneously young and ancient,
wised-up and disdainful about the puny concerns of humans, have always
been attractive. One of the great jokes of the show is how much
better-looking the vampires are than the mortals. Of course, the mortals
willingly give themselves over, both as food and sexual partners.
(Having the big Swede Alexander Skarsgard, who plays the vampire Eric,
on hand to be their perpetually nude poster boy doesn’t hurt, either.)
for me, the hero of the show has always been Pam, played by Kristin
Bauer van Straten. Eric’s devoted lieutenant, perpetually dolled up in
dominatrix-wear, her deep voice dripping venom, Pam sashays through the
series doing what she wants, regretting nothing, never apologizing. Not
only is she not conflicted about her vampire nature, she revels in it.
As the show evolved over the years – the seventh and final season began
on June 22 – it became less revolutionary, more soap opera. But Pam’s
character remains pleasingly flinty.
“Pam says what we’re all
thinking, but aren’t allowed to say,” Bauer van Straten told me during
an interview in Toronto. “We’re all living vicariously through her – me
Fans are forever quoting Pam’s lines back to Bauer van
Straten, usually the most brutal, sarcastic ones. For example: Pam once
called Sookie, the half-mortal played by Anna Pacquin, who is Pam’s
primary rival for Eric’s affection, “a gash in a sundress.” “When I
first read that in the script, I thought: ‘Well, I’ll be looping over
this later,’” Bauer van Staten recalled. “But no, it aired.”
were sitting on a hotel room sofa. She was wearing a ruffled black
blouse, black pants, Mary Jane wedges and midnight-blue socks with stars
on them. (Later that night, for an HBO event, she changed into a more
Pam-like ensemble: a slinky black pencil skirt and black patent
stilettos.) On camera, Bauer van Straten’s features are big; in person,
they’re enormous – deep-set eyes, cheekbones wide as sails, lips so full
they look about to burst. Her voice, however, is a surprise: It’s a
full octave higher than Pam’s, girlishly enthusiastic, and slowed by the
elongated, slightly nasal vowels of her native Wisconsin. This
dominatrix is secretly a dairy maid.
“When I first arrived in Los
Angeles, my acting coach took one listen and said: ‘Ooh, you need a
voice coach,’” Bauer van Straten said. Her response – “Why?” pronounced
“Wii-ee?” – supplied its own answer. The coach taught her to drop her
voice and to excise the upturn? That makes declarative sentences into
questions? When she first appeared as Pam, she wrote to thank him: “Are
you watching this? Because you are partly responsible.”
41-year-old Bauer van Straten (the second half of her surname is
courtesy of her husband, South African musician Abri van Straten) took
the long road to fame, moving to L.A. in 1994 and kicking around for
more than a decade, doing guest spots on series, bit parts in movies,
and pilots that didn’t get picked up. Memorably, she played Man Hands,
one of Jerry’s failed dates, on Seinfeld. “Every few years,”
she said, “I’m in this awkward position where I’ll run into Jerry
somewhere and think, ‘He’s not going to remember my name.’ So when I say
hello I feel I have to say, ‘I’m Man Hands.’” She laughs giddily.
suffered her share of humiliations (she was once hired for a pilot,
fired from it, was persuaded to audition again, and then dismissed a
second time) and came close to quitting more than once. “When people ask
me for advice about becoming an actor, I’ll ask: ‘Is there anything
else that you love?’” she said. “If they say yes, I say: ‘Go do that.’ I
stuck with acting only because I couldn’t do anything else. I once said
to a friend: ‘If this slow streak continues, I’m going to be working at
Starbucks.’ She said: ‘Oh, honey, we’re not qualified.’ My poor parents
were worried about me for a long time.”
They can relax now.
Although Bauer van Straten is still a sweet Wisconsin girl at heart –
she admits to first crushing on her future husband after repeat viewings
of the video of his love song Rain, and gushes about animals,
recycling and John Wayne – she knows how to sink her teeth into Pam. At
the HBO event, she dished about who would win in a girl fight between
Pacquin and herself (Pacquin) and described making out with Skarsgard as
The allure of True Blood is its unabashed
wish fulfilment. And Bauer van Straten is not immune. “Pam lets me get
everything out – any causticness or bitchiness,” she said. “Most of us
are conflicted about who we are. She’s not.”
Follow Johanna Schneller on Twitter: @JoSchneller
Jun 30 14 2:23 PM
Joe Manganiello shows off his famous abs while going wet and shirtless for the cover ofPeople‘s Hottest Bachelors issue.
Here is what the 37-year-old True Blood actor had to share with the mag:
On his favorite part of a woman: “I’m big into smell. It’s funny I got cast as a werewolf. There’s something about the smell on that part of a woman’s neck where it meets the jaw, ahhhh! It’s heaven.”
On falling in love: “I think the crazy love that you fall into in the beginning turns into ‘like’ and ‘need.’ Chris Rock told me that! He’s like, ‘Kid, you wanna get married? Listen, there’s love, and you can feel love the first night, but that’s not what it is. It’s, ‘I like you and I need you.’”
On his personality: “I am part Sicilian. I am passionate. I am a hot-blooded person. If you don’t like spicy, then maybe I’m not for you.”
Jul 7 14 7:16 PM
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganielloare reportedly dating!
“It’s very, very new. They’re having fun and getting to know each other,” a close source shared to Us Weekly about the 41-year-old Colombian actress and 37-year-old actor.
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics ofSofia Vergara
Another source added about the couple, who were spotted dining together at the Louisiana city’s Li’l Dizzy’s Cafe, “They were very friendly and took pictures with other diners. They held each other and kissed several times.”
“Sofia is Joe‘s dream girl!” a third source said. “He’s been smitten with her for years. He’s always had a huge crush on her. Things are going well for them so far.”
Jul 7 14 11:24 PM
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganielloenjoy a date at Lil Dizzys Cafe on Sunday (July 6) in New Orleans, La.
During the date, the 41-year-old actress and the 37-year-old actor were seen posing with fans in pics posted onInstagram.
“The restaurant was full with no tables available when they arrived with no reservation,” a source shared to Page Six. “[But] they made room for them.”
In case you didn’t know, Sofia recently split from Nick Loeb, which ended their engagement.
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Sofia Vergara wraps her arm around new beau Joe Manganiello while celebrating her birthday in this brand new pic posted on Instagram!
The 42-year-old Columbian actress and the 37-year-old actor celebrated her birthday at celeb hotspot Nobu in Malibu with her niece on Thursday (July 10). Happy Belated Birthday Sofia!
“Gracias Ale for my bday!” Sofia wrote on WhoSay on the same night.
The next day, Joe was seen checking messages on his phone while heading to a studio in Burbank.
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Jul 16 14 9:44 PM
Anna Paquin shows off her new purple and blue hair in these pics posted to her Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon (July 16).
“.@Auracolorist just fulfilled my teen dream of being a mermaid. @_smoyer whatcha think?” the 31-year-old True Blood actress captioned on of the photos.
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics ofAnna Paquin
Anna and her hubby Stephen Moyer are currently in New York City promoting the final season of their hit series True Blood. We sure hope we get to see her out and about with this new ‘do!
Jul 16 14 9:48 PM
Anna Paquin dons a black little dress while making an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday (July 15) in New York City.
Later in the night, the 31-year-old actress changed into a different outfit for an event at the Apple Store with her husband Stephen Moyer in SoHo.
“I am doing an apple talk Q and A with @_smoyer for #TrueBlood because we are #TrueToTheEnd!!” Anna tweeted on the same day.
Last week, Stephen was seen riding his bike in Venice, Calif.
FYI: Anna is wearing a Roksanda Illinicdress on Late Night with Seth Meyers. She is wearing a Mary Katzantrou skirt, rag & boneblazer, and Bionda Castana shoes.
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Jul 17 14 1:17 PM
‘True Blood’s’ Deborah Ann Woll Joins ‘Daredevil’
July 17, 2014 | 08:45AM PT
Whitney Friedlander, News Editor
“True Blood” star Deborah Ann Woll is trading supernaturals for superheroes and has been cast as the female lead in “Daredevil.”
Woll will play Karen Page, the love interest to blind crimefighter Daredevil himself Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) in the 13-episode series. Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Elden Henson and Peter Shinkoda are also series regulars.
The show, which is based on the Marvel comics, comes from Marvel and ABC Studios. Steven S. DeKnight is the showrunner, having replaced “Lost” alum Drew Goddard. Both will serve as exec producers, with Goddard serving as consulting producer.
The role may have a special connection to Woll, as her real-life boyfriend EJ Scott is losing his sight due to choroideremia and the two publicly campaign to fight the rare genetic disorder.
Woll is repped by CAA.
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